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Innovative Drug Policies You May Never Have Heard of But Need to Know About

Tony Newman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

Innovative drug policies being practiced around the world are keeping people out of prison, getting help for those who need it, reducing HIV, crime and overdose deaths. To truly treat drug use as a health issue and end our country's unwinnable war, we need to implement three proven strategies.

Matt Ferner

World Leaders Condemn Failed Drug War, Call For Global Reform | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

A coalition of former international leaders gathered in New York City on Tuesday to discuss the release of their new report calling for a complete ove...

Matt Ferner

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalizing Drug Use | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The World Health Organization came out publicly, if quietly, in support of the decriminalization of personal drug use in a report released last week. ...

Jennifer Bendery

Eleanor Holmes Norton Rips 'Tyrant' Congressman For Trying To Block D.C. Marijuana Laws | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) tore into Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) on Friday for trying to block a D.C. marijuana decriminalization ...

Matt Sledge

Rick Perry And Colombian President Discuss Drug Decriminalization At Davos | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

Most sitting world leaders aren't ready to call for marijuana legalization yet -- but they may be inching there, as a discussion Thursday at the World...

Former UN Head Kofi Annan and Former President of Brazil Cardoso Call for Decriminalization of Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tony Newman

Annan and Cardoso have delivered a devastating critique on the failed war on drugs and are calling on governments to adopt more humane and effective ways of controlling and regulating drugs.

Police Chief Says UK Should Decriminalize Drugs

Evening Standard, London | | Posted 11.29.2013 | World

Durham chief constable Mike Barton says the war on drugs has failed and decriminalising them is the best way to cut off the income stream of criminal ...

Holder's Proposal Is Insufficient: Congress Needs to Decriminalize Drugs

Carl L. Hart | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Carl L. Hart

Holder's remarks were unprecedented. No previous attorney general has even suggested that our drug policies might be wrong, let alone racist. The question before me is whether Holder's proposals amount to the needed radical change?

Beyond Marijuana: Gearing Up For the Battle to Decriminalize All Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Tony Newman

The marijuana reform movement has broken through as a legitimate political and cultural force. We're at a tipping point where it's starting to feel like marijuana legalization is no longer a question of if -- but when. But what about the other drugs?

Matt Sledge

Everything We Know About Drugs Is Wrong | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Carl Hart wants drug policy to go where science takes it. The rest of us may not be so ready. The 46-year-old associate professor at Co...

D.C. Decriminalizes Some Drug Offenses

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 03.18.2013 | DC

A new law aimed at encouraging people to seek emergency medical attention during drug and alcohol overdoses will take effect in the District of Columb...

A View of the Drug War: Stop Blaming Police and Start Emphasizing Personal Responsibility

John Bruhns | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
John Bruhns

Law enforcement is not blame for the actions of law-breaking addicts who are not receptive to drug treatment. You can only fault law enforcement for their inaction in protecting the public from this element.

Wars of Others

Lilia Luciano | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Lilia Luciano

As we continue to resist new solutions, the war on drugs has generated a number of "unintended consequences" -- significantly affecting producer countries -- which undermine security, development, governance, health and human rights.

LOOK: Drug War Activists Speak Out Against 'Failed' Policies

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 09.04.2012 | Latino Voices

In December 2006, Mexico’s newly elected President Felipe Calderón declared war against Mexican drug cartels -- words he cemented by sending over 4...

It's Time to Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

Vanita Gupta | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngIt's time to stop gambling away taxpayer dollars on the failed drug war and start implementing rational, evidence-based, cost-effective, humane criminal justice policies.

Decriminalization of Drug Possession Doesn't Increase Drug Use, New Report Finds

Ernest Drucker | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Ernest Drucker

Just like ending alcohol prohibition, making the current crop of drugs legal simply means changing the laws. But changing the laws has been turned into a bloody legal and political battle that is about everything except drugs.

Colombia Decriminalizes Cocaine and Marijuana, As Latin American Momentum for Drug Policy Reform Continues

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

Colombia's Constitutional Court Friday approved the government's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana for personal use.

Drug War Politics: Doing Biden's Bidding

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Laura Carlsen

Vice President Biden landed in Mexico City Sunday for a two-day trip to that country and Honduras. He's left little doubt about his mission: to lock in the regional drug war. His visit comes amid mounting calls to end prohibitionist laws and move away from the military-based drug war.

Portugal: When Heroin Was King

Danna Harman | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
Danna Harman

It often seems the Portuguese experiment is something of a Rorschach test -- in the dark blobs on the page, people can see whatever they want to see.

Ryan Grim

Happy 420: The State Of Drug Decriminalization Efforts Across The Country | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When it's finally written -- if it's finally written -- the history of the American drug war will begin and end in the same town: San Francisco. The c...

War On Drugs Doesn't Go Well, CIA Bugs DEA Agent's Coffee Table

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

The U.S. has agreed to pay $3 million to a former government worker who accused officials with the CIA and State Department of spying on him with a "bugged coffee table."

Marijuana Licensing Fails To Make The Pot Business Safe: NYT | ABBY GOODNOUGH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

New Mexico's new medical marijuana law was intended to provide safe, aboveboard access to the drug for hundreds of residents with chronic pain and oth...

Cops Say to Legalize Drugs

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

The benefits of legalizing drugs are now undeniable, and everyone from Obama's most zealous supporters to former drug enforcement officials are demanding legalization be considered a valid option.

Mexico Drug Wars: Looking For Solutions

Open Democracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

How does one defeat an enemy who is more prepared, more ruthless, and awash in the cash necessary to buy the best weapons, surveillance and people? Th...